Article Contributor: Andrew
Ladies of all ages in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah or Ras Al Khaimah are looking for the best ways to get fit and stay in shape. However, it can be difficult for beginners to know where to start on the road to great health.
There is so much information online about what diet works best, what training methods are best for particular goals and much more that it often becomes confusing.
In this article, aimed at women of all ages in the UAE, we want to look at 6 simple fitness tips which you can easily include in your exercise or training plan to achieve consistently good results.
The first step for female fitness in the UAE is to set and write down your goals.
Goal setting doesn’t need to be confusing when you start. You just need to decide why you are taking the journey towards a fitter and healthier you.
It’s easy to start with a more general goal and then break this down into smaller, more manageable goals over time.
For example, your main fitness goal might be something like:
Goal setting is such an important part of achieving results. When you write you goals down (or type) you are setting out the roadmap for your fitness journey.
Goal setting helps with the following:
• Reasoning. What are the reasons why you want to change? Do you want to lose weight for health reasons? Is body transformation something you’ve dreamed about for a while but just don’t know how to achieve it? Are you stuck in a rut and just feel like you want to be fit?
• Motivation. Goal setting really helps you get motivated when it comes to exercise and fitness. Seeing the reasons why you want to make a change spurs you on motivationally
• Change. Many people don’t like change but changes for the better (health and fitness wise) are a positive thing. Creating a list of goals makes taking the steps towards change easier and more importantly ‘doable’
• Goals help you see progress. For ladies in the UAE who are beginners when it comes to fitness progress is something you really want to see because this ties in with motivation. If you’re not seeing results your focuses and motivation suffers. For example, if weight loss is your goal and you see the number on the scales go down this really helps to keep you focused.
• Your focus is maintained. When you set a goal it gives you something to work towards during every training sessions. Even if you have several fitness goals (weight loss, learning kickboxing, yoga etc) and different training methods for each of them you know why you are working out and your focus is maintained. Your goal is there to remind you.
Let’s be honest. Goal setting isn’t a walk in the park and many women are a little on the ‘optimistic’ side when it comes to setting certain goals. However, this is only down to inexperience.
For example. If you are overweight consider how much time it took to become overweight. It could be that you put on quite a few pounds over a number of years. But, although it doesn’t mean it will take that long to shed the weight with a good exercise and nutrition plan it’s not going to happen overnight either.
The female personal trainers listed on the UAE Personal Trainers website often get asked how long it takes to lose weight. Some clients for example want to lose 40 – 50lbs in six weeks. That’s an example of an unrealistic goal.
It’s much better to look at your main goal as a long term fitness goal. Something that will inevitably take time. But, you’ll start to feel and look healthier during your journey and not just when you reach your goal.
Before you rush in, take some time and look at the reasons for your decision to start exercising or training. Reasons will help you set out goals.
Settings goals is the first step. Hiring a personal training in the UAE who is specialised in female fitness can help. Fitness professionals know what exercise types, training intensities, diets and more will work for you.
A professional coach will also help split your goals into more manageable ‘sub goals’
Smaller goals (sub goals) help you split your training and exercise programs into more manageable pieces.
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘don’t run before you can walk’? This is the same for your new exercise program.
Once you have set your goals (tip 1 above) there is a real tendency to plough ahead full steam without thinking. This is especially true if you are working out alone without any guidance.
There’s nothing wrong with being excited and brimming with enthusiasm. You’ve decided to make a positive change and invest time in your fitness and well-being but you might need to slow down and ease into your exercise routine.
There are several reasons for this:
So, with all the above in mind the key to any new fitness regime for ladies in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah is take it slowly and don’t push yourself too hard.
Female personal trainers in UAE know from working with female clients of all shapes and sizes that what works for one lady might not work for another. They can help you gradually increase your exercise safely
Unless you are super focused and motivated about your goals accountability can be a real issue for many women.
Take New Years resolutions for example. One of the biggest resolutions is ‘I’m going to lose weight’ or ‘I’m going to get in shape’
These resolutions are almost always made with the best intentions, but, many actually make it past the end of January.
However, when you have accountability partner you are not just accountable to yourself but to them too. In a way it’s like saying you have someone you don’t want to disappoint or let down.
So, discuss your fitness goals with many people and train with someone else if possible too. It’s going to be harder to give up or lose your focus if you’ve bragged about getting fit.
Having a female personal trainer in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah or RAK as your accountability partner works really well too. Training on your own means you can easily excuse your self for skipping your gym sessions but it’s not so easy when you have to cancel a personal training at home appointment.
Whenever you start a new exercise program in the UAE you’ll be tempted to go at it full throttle. Possible thinking that the faster you go the quicker you’ll reach your goals – but, that’s not the case.
If you go too fast without thinking about burning yourself out it’s likely you’ll either injure yourself or get so tired of your routine you’ll end up back at the beginning.
What you need to do, to see results is focus on exercise and training consistency.
Consistency builds patterns and those patterns are much easier on your body and even to a certain extent your lifestyle.
For example, if you train every day of the week for a couple of weeks and then only train one day for next two weeks it really doesn’t help when it comes to results.
Instead, rather than training hard just for a few days (intensity) split your workouts as evely as possible over the period of a week. One day on, one day off for example. That way you, and your body get used to your routine, your diet plan works better and you gradually incorporate training as part of your lifestyle.
There’s nothing worse than slogging it out in the gym (or at home) doing an exercise or using a piece of training kit that you simply don’t enjoy. Over time it becomes harder and harder, you’ll lose your focus and even worse might lose interest in your training sessions.
Some people simply don’t like exercising at all but there are still plenty of options where exercising doesn’t need to feel like exercising at all.
Enjoying every exercise or training method you do won’t always be possible. You’re bound to have your favourites and those that just get on your nerves.
However, when possible try to do exercises you enjoy because this does have a direct effect on your focus and motivation which in turn means you are much more likely to continue with your training program.
Remember, a female personal trainer in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah who specialises in ladies fitness has years of experience and well as knowledge about different exercise types. This makes them ideally placed to give advise about exercises you probably didn’t even know existed.
For every fitness goal there is a wide choice of options. For example, if weight loss and body toning are your goals and you don’t particularly like treadmills, rowing machines and the like try taking Zumba Classes in the UAE. It’s a fun and fast paced way to lose weight and get in great shape.
If you’re bored with the usual HIIT training methods give boxing or kickboxing a try.
Ideally, exercises you enjoy doing will make you more eager to continue, increase your overall motivation and actually make you want to do your training sessions in the UAE.
Some of us need that extra push, a guiding hand or even reminding of the reasons why we started training for a goal in the first place.
Making a motivational playlist if ideal for that purpose. It can help to ground you and remind you of the reasons you starting working out.
Your motivational playlist can be uplifting, energetic music or even forms of guided words and positive phrases. The important thing to do is create a playlist that is suitable for you.
There are plenty of ways to ease into a new exercise regime in the UAE for ladies. If you have a goal and need help implementing it then a PT in the UAE who specialises in training programs for women can really help put you on the right track.